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Leeds United set for major player selection boost ahead of Southampton clash

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Midfielder Kalvin Phillips should be available to feature for Leeds United against Southampton on Saturday afternoon.

That’s according to a report from Leeds Live, who say the injury that has kept him out of England duty this week is not thought to be serious.

Given his importance to the side, Leeds fans will no doubt have feared the worst when news around Phillips emerged early last week.

Having once again been called up by England for their World Cup qualifying campaign, Phillips withdrew from the squad early in the camp due to a calf strain.

Leeds are set to return to action after the international break when they travel to St Mary’s to face Southampton on Saturday, and it now seems they could include the 25-year-old in their side, despite that recent concern.

According to this latest update, Phillips is expected to be available for that match on the south coast, with the injury not thought to be serious.

It is claimed that the withdrawn from the England squad, because he would not otherwise have been able to train this week, which would have surely ruled him out of the clash at St Mary’s.

This is definitely a boost for Leeds ahead of that trip to the south coast you feel.

It seems clear that Marcelo Bielsa’s side struggle more when Phillips does not feature, so they are obviously going to want him available as much as possible.

As a result, it would be a surprise now if Phillips did not feature on Saturday, particularly when you consider this game is one Leeds may well be targeting for all three points.

Indeed, with Raphinha seemingly set to miss out due to his own international commitments, Leeds will surely want another of their biggest influencers in the form of Phillips to play his part in their search for the win here.

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